Training the Mind

By March 6, 2016Default

Working out is easy. You walk into the gym, pick up weights, put them down, and repeat until boredom sets in. That doesn’t mean that you’ve put in an honest day’s work, so you shouldn’t expect to see results. Then you start making excuses for why you’re not achieving your goals: I’m too old. Not enough time. They’re just genetically superior than me. Excuses.

Training is a little different: It starts with the mind. It requires skillful planning, dedication, and the determination to see it through. Training is much more difficult, and it begins with the psychological challenges it puts you through. Here at Monvida, we are big believers in not only training the body to perform at its best, but also requiring the mind to grow and strengthen along with the body because with a strong mind, the body follows, and this will push you through those boundaries of self-defeat.

Countless times throughout my life I’ve heard from different mentors that, “If it was easy, then everyone would be doing it.” Not only is this reflected in everyday life and its challenges, but it also plays a big role in physical activity. It’s true: If it were easy everyone would be in peak condition. However, that’s not the reality. It’s tough to start training and then maintain momentum, but, with a little help, you can start training both your mind as well as body to keep you going.

Start with:

Understanding that nothing in life is easy. Training is one of the hardest concepts to set your mind to and follow through with. That is why professional athletes, and people who are in great physical shape, are not the norm. If it were easy then everyone would do it. So if you are truly dedicated to changing your life for the better, to conquer that mountain and strive to be the best, then you must recognize that it will be tough, that you will be thrown challenges, and your perseverance will have to shine through. Keep in mind, it wouldn’t be gratifying if it were easy to do.

Training with other motivated people. Remember the saying, “You are who you surround yourself with.” Well it’s no different than when you are in a training environment. First, have someone to hold you accountable, like a training buddy. There is nothing like having someone to check in with to keep you honest. Train with an awesome group of people. Make sure that the group is filled with individuals with a great work ethic, and they will push you beyond your comfort zone. If you’re surrounded by great people then you’ll rise to their level. If it’s the other way around, you might see yourself train at a subpar level, and you’ll notice that you’re either stuck at your current fitness level or just not showing up at all.
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You have the time. Time is probably the biggest excuse, and let me explain why it doesn’t hold up. There are 168 hours in a week. If you work 10 hours and commute 2 hours each day for 5 days, that’s 60 hours. Subtract that from 168 and it leaves you with 108 hours. If you sleep 8 hours, 7 days a week (as you should) and subtract that from 108, it leaves you with 52 hours. That’s 52 hours of free time! You should be able to commit 5-10 hours a week for your training. Now, if you still don’t think you have enough time then what are you doing instead? Web surfing? Watching TV? Remember, as I mentioned before, training isn’t easy, and sacrificing time on social media or TV watching have to be made in order for you to hit training goals. It all boils down to you: Do you want to make the time?

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